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GIA (Gemological Institute of America) houses perhaps the world’s most comprehensive collection documenting the history, science, business, and art of gems and jewelry. This online collection from the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center presents some of the most unique and rare books in the library’s collection. GIA is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in gemology and jewelry arts. The Institute’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry through education, research, laboratory services and instrument development.

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furtwangler, adolf, 1853-1907
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barth, hermann
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beauclair, rene, 1897-
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conwentz, hugo wilhelm, 1855-1922
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achard, franz carl, 1753-1821
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arnaud, f. (françois), 1721-1784
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"First part: general gemology, crystallography​, properties, lapidary treatment, defects in cut stones, synthetics, imitations, etc, trade names, some curious lore... Second part: descriptive, commencing with diamond and progressing through the major gemstones to those that are of lesser importance or even rare...."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5362. "First & second parts as before but the third part now provides gem identification tables with color as the...
Topic: Precious stones
"Astounding work, both for its content involving an enormous amount of research into the literature, and its commentaries upon nephrite and jadeite jades as then known from all parts of the world and in all cultures." "The second and by far the largest part, 63-318 that surely must still be the most exhaustive survey of the cultural-historical-scientific literature pertaining in whole or part to jade that has even been assembled within the covers of one book; it remains truly...
Topics: Jade, Stone age, Ethnology--Miscellanea
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Volume 2 of 3. "The word "monumental" is justly applied to this work in respect not only to its size but also to its content; it is the most comprehensive monograph ever published on the engraved gems of antiquity."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2277. Contents: 1. Bd. 67 Tafeln in Heliogravure.--2. Bd. Beschreibung und Erklearung der Tafeln.--3. Bd. Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im klassischen Altertum, mit 3 Tafeln.
Topics: Gems--History, Glyptics--History
"First edition of a work which became the standard reference on synthetic gemstones. It summarizes extant knowledge on all methods synthesis in the first chapter, with much more detail being furnished in the second chapter wherein descriptions of materials are provided for those that are (a) commercially important gemstones, (b) minerals whose syntheses are of scientific interest only, and (c) imitations of turquoise and cordierite."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4448.
Topic: Precious stones, Artificial
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Volume 1 of 3. "The word "monumental" is justly applied to this work in respect not only to its size but also to its content; it is the most comprehensive monograph ever published on the engraved gems of antiquity."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2277. Contents: 1. Bd. 67 Tafeln in Heliogravure.--2. Bd. Beschreibung und Erkearung der Tafeln.--3. Bd. Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im klassischen Altertum, mit 3 Tafeln. Volume 2 available at:...
Topics: Gems--History, Glyptics--History
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by Paracelsus, 1493-1541
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Partial contents: I. Von naturlichen Dingen.--II. Beschreibung etlicher Kreuter.--III. Von Metallen.--IIII. Von Mineralen.--V. Von edlen Gesteinen.
Topics: Alchemy--Early works to 1800, Metals--Early works to 1800, Metals--Therapeutic use--Early works to...
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by Beauclair, Rene, 1897-
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Volume 1 of 2. Herausgegeben von Rene Beauclair ; im Verein mit Andre Petitjean, Jules Armbruster, Paul Lienard, Emile Jammes, Paul F. Follot. Each volume consists of 24 plates of sample designs. Volume 2:  https://archive​.org/details/Ne​ueIdeenFurModer​nenSchmuckVolum​e2
Topics: Jewelry--19th Century--Design, Jewelry--20th Century--Design
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Volume 3 of 3. "The word "monumental" is justly applied to this work in respect not only to its size but also to its content; it is the most comprehensive monograph ever published on the engraved gems of antiquity."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2277. Contents: 1. Bd. 67 Tafeln in Heliogravure.--2. Bd. Beschreibung und Erklearung der Tafeln.--3. Bd. Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im klassischen Altertum, mit 3 Tafeln.
Topics: Gems--History, Glyptics--History
"...Henkel sets forth his views on the formation of mineral materials, including coral and gemstones, all of it abundantly footnoted by Zimmerman. The modes of formaiton are (1) congelation, (2) concretion, (3) vegetation (coral, eg), (4) crystallization, and (5) petrifaction."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas (vol. 1, p. 461).
Topics: Chemistry--Early works to 1800, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Early works to...
"In general, major remarks are confined to the synthesis of corundum but also include comments on synthetic quartz, opal, emerald, and diamond [...]. Amplifying remarks in part four discuss color in natural gemstones, distinctions between synthetic and natural gemstones, properties of synthetic diamonds (!) and including their combustion, and prices of synthetic stones."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 856.
Topic: Precious stones, Artificial
"A work famous for introducing the concept that injuries to the amber-producing trees must have accounted for the very large quanities of amber found in the Baltic deposits... Plate XV is particularly commendable because it shows, life-size, a number of specimens of raw amber associated with wood remnants or alone -- Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1438.
Topic: Amber
"A very rare work."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no 1413.
Topics: Mineralogy-€-€‹Early works to 1800, Agates, Basalt, Gem...
Bibliographical references interspersed.
Topics: Geology--Prussia, Geology--Germany
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by Beauclair, Rene, 1897-
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Volume 2 of 2. Herausgegeben von Rene Beauclair ; im Verein mit Andre Petitjean, Jules Armbruster, Paul Lienard, Emile Jammes, Paul F. Follot. Each volume consists of 24 plates of sample designs. Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/NeueIdeenFurModernenSchmuckVolume1
Topics: Jewelry--19th Century--Design, Jewelry--20th Century--Design
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by Schlosser, Julius, Ritter von, 1866-1938.
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"Holy Roman Empire crown treasure in Vienna, at the time, in the Wiener Hofburg: includes crowns, scepters, vessels, vestments, etc. The text treats royal treasures generally, and the present one specifically, giving a history of the regalia, both as recorded officially and from private sources, the forms and styles, valuable jewels and mementoes, Napoleonic mementoes, and a useful survey of literature written about various objects in the collection. Several crowns appear on the plates,...
Topic: Crown jewels--Austria
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"Die Veranstaltung befonderer Ausgaben diefes "Atlas", begleitet von erlauterndem Text in neueren Sprachen, behalt sitch der Verleger nox."--title page verso.
Topic: Mineralogy
[Historia naturalis lapidum pretiosorum omnium. German] "Rare"--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 0484.
Topics: Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Therapeutic...
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by Lorinser, Gustav
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"On the 'Marmarosch diamonds' or exceptionally clear and sharp rock crystals found near Nagyag, Hungary, with remarks on similar crystals from elsewhere, descriptions of typical specimens and occurrence, the collecting & marketing of same, and with an anecdote on a famous large 'diamond' that belonged to Dr. Gottfried Christoph Beireis of Helmstadt which was examined by Goethe but doubted by him to be a true diamond."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4045.
Topic: Quartz crystals
Excessively rare work on amber, its origin and use in medicine. The author claims amber to be "not vegetable resin, but some sort of petroleum residue [mountain wax]". The book also makes "reference to insects in amber, and is therefore one of the earliest works mentioning them."--Gemology, J. Sinkankas, vol. 2, p. 43.
Topics: Amber--Early works to 1800, Medicine--15th-18th centuries
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by Eppler, Alfred, 1867-1923
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"On the usefulness of the diamond in German industry and commerce, its properties, occurrences and mining, types of diamonds, suitability for specific industrial applications, history of the development of diamond cutting, establishment of the diamond cutting industry in Germany, how diamonds are cut, boring through diamond crystals, wire-dies, rough crystals in tool points, drills, and uses of powders. By far most emphasis laid on industrial diamond."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry...
Topics: Diamonds, Diamond industry and trade--Germany, Diamonds--Industrial applications, Diamonds,...
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by Brauns, R. (Reinhard Anton), 1861-1937
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Vierte, verbesserte Auflage, Neudruck. Sammlung Göschen, Nr. 29.
Topic: Mineralogy
"Work on glassblowing and glass making, first published in 1689 in Frankfurt & Liepzig by the same publisher."-​-​Pacific Book Auction lot description.
Topics: Glass manufacture--Early works to 1800, Precious stones, Artificial--Early works to 1800, Precious...
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by Conwentz, Hugo Wilhelm, 1855-1922
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Kongl. Svenska vetenskaps-​akademiens handlingar ; bd. 24, no. 13. "Includes silicified specimens; many fine col illust of structure."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1439.
Topics: Paleobotany--Sweden, Trees, Fossil--Sweden
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Summary: "Contains the extremely important section (p. 177-202) on the properties of aggregates by which species may further be distinguished. Includes fibrous, platy, etc. aggregates. Werner admits that at the time of writing his celebrated work on the 'External Characters of Minerals', that he was not aware of the importance of this property and thus the present contribution is to be regarded as a supplement to his 'External Characteristics​'. J. Sinkankas 5/27/72. Also contains in...
Topics: Mineralogy, Mines and mining
"...a treatise on molluskan paleontology. Rare."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 7352. Includes hand colored plates.
Topics: Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Mollusks, Fossil--Pictorial works, Paleontology
Collection of privately published papers on natural history. Partial contents: VIII. Versuch einer Mineralgeschich​te des Oberösterreisch​en Salzkammergutes / Ignatz von Born.--XI. Nachricht von ungarischen Opalen und Weltaugen / Hrn. Traugott Delius.--XV. Chymische Versuche mit dem sogenannten carrarischen, und dem sogenannten florentinischen figurirten Marmor zur Erläuterung der Mineralogie / Johan Zauschners.-​-​XVI. Schreiben über die Mineralgeschich​te von Oesterreich unter...
Topics: Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Opals--Early works to 1800, Platinum--Early works to 1800,...
Zeichnungen und holzschnitte sind aus dem xylographischen Institut von M. Gerlach & Co. in Wien Hervorgegangen = Les dessins et les gravures sur bois sortent de l'établissement xylographique de M. Gerlach & Cie, à Vienne. "Provides brief descriptions and pictures of crowns of the world: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, and others, and also various church crowns; historical notes. [...] Rare."-​-​Gemology by J....
Topic: Crowns
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Volume 2 of 2.  Zweiter band: Das material des schmucks ; mit einer farbigen tafel: "Die Edeliteine" und acht vollbildern. Parital Contents: Bd. 2. "The second volume is principally of interest to the gemologist and provides an extended discussion of precious metals, from ores to finished alloys, p 27-110, while the remaining pages are devoted to gemstones, p 111-371, taking these up by groups as quartzes, feldspars, etc, and in a "precious group", describing...
Topics: Jewelry--History, Gems
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Volume 1 of 2. Erster band: Die geschichte des schmucks ; mit einer doppelseitigen tafel in farbendruck "Ringe aus allen Zeiten" und 16 vollbildern. Partial contents: Bd. 1. "History of jewelry in all periods and the materials used in manufacture of same. Periods: Ancient Egypt, Euphrates valley civilizations, Phoenicia, Troy and Asia Minor, Mediterranean civilizations in the Classical period, Middle Ages, Renaissance, modern times, including Art Nouveau."-​-​Gemology by...
Topics: Jewelry--History, Gems
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"An elegant memento of the jewelry firm named. Topics: history of jewelry, the diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, pearl, symbolism, and silver & gold."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3908. Gedruckt Weihnachten 1922 bei Ott v. Holten in 1000 numerierten exemplaren Nr. 975.
Topics: Precious stones, Diamonds, Pearls, Gems
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by Miller, William Hallowes, 1801-1880
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Enthaltend: tafel I-XIX. Translated by Dr. Joseph Grailich.
Topic: Crystallography
Summary: Discusses various stones used as building materials, including ornamental stones. Classifies them by species and discusses the following properties for each stone: color, texture, luster, fracture, lucidity, hardness, streak, cohesiveness, density, chemical composition and use. "One of the earliest works written specifically to acquaint builders, and especially apprentices in the building trades, with the kinds and properties of stones that could be used in construction [...] Of...
Topic: Building stones--Early works to 1800
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by Fuchs, C. W. C. (Carl Wilhelm C.), 1837-1886
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Topic: Mineralogy--Identification
"This, and its predecessor editions [1729, 1763], is an authoritative and respected treatise on general gemology covering those aspects of greatest value to the practising jeweler and purveyor of gems. The author, unfortunately unknown, displays considerable accurate knowledge of gemstones which with the translation of Jeffries' Treatise on Diamonds and Pearls ...appended to the regular text, made this work the standard reference in german-speaking regions for many years" -- Gemology...
Topics: Diamonds--Early works to 1800, Diamonds--Prices--Early works to 1800, Pearls--Early works to 1800,...
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Orignial ed. published in Paris in 1780 under title: Description des principales pierres gravées du cabinet de S.A.S. Monseigneur le duc d'Orléans ... Noted in Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3164.
Topics: Orleans, Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d', 1747-1793--Art collections--Catalogs, Gems--Early works to...
Diamond, gold, and silver fees with never before printed prices. To all buyers, trades people, jewelers, gold and silver workers, very useful and helpful. In three parts. Published by me, Johann Christoph Schmidt, copper printers in Augsburg. Printer David Zacharias, 1702.-​-​translation by C. D'Andrea, Nov. 2007.
Topics: Diamonds--Valuation--Early works to 1800, Gold--Valuation--Early works to 1800,...
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by Berg, Georg Ernst Wilhelm, 1876-1946
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mit 88 textfiguren.
Topic: Ore deposits
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by Achard, Franz Carl, 1753-1821
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"The earliest treatise devoted exclusively to the scientific chemical analysis of gemstones and the first to tackle species which had hitherto refused to yield clues as to their composition, e.g., gemstones containing alumina and silica."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 13. Illus. plates appear to be photocopies.
Topic: Precious stones--Analysis--Early works to 1800
"Mit 196 Ubbildungen"
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Bruhns, Willy, 1864-1929
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Mit 190 Abbildungen. (Sammlung Göschen ; Bd. 210)
Topic: Crystallography
"Very scarce. Translation...o​f Mineralogia, eller inledning til nödig kunskap at igenkiånna (2nd ed., Stockholm, 1739). In addition this work also includes in chapter eight an abstracted translation of Bromell's paleontological treatise, Lithograpica Suecana."-​-​Mineralogy & crystallography by Curtis P. Schuh, entry no. 868 (2007 ed.).
Topics: Mineralogy--Sweden, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Fossils--Early works to 1800
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by Breithaupt, Johann Friedrich August, 1791-1873
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Als Manuscript Ausgegeben Zweite Ausgabe. Book issued with printed text interspersed with blank pages. Extensive handwritten notes throughout probably by Raphael Pumpelly. Pumpelly was an American geologist and explorer. In the 1850s, he attended Freiberg University of Mining and Technology where August Breithaupt was one of his instructors.
Topics: Mineralogy, Minerals--Classification
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 "Indefatigable in both research in the literature and in the personal examination of gemtones, minerals, and fossils, Brückmann here began a work that was destined to grow into a second edition, with augmentations, until it became a large and important treatise."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 974.
Topic: Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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by Bäckström, Helge Mattias, 1865-1932
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Reprint from Õfversigt af Kongl. Vetenskaps.-​Akademiens Förhandlingar 1888, no. 8, Stockholm. Includes bibliographical references.
Topic: Iron
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"Besonderer abdruck aus dem ersten bande der zeitschrift für die geschichte und alterthumskunde ermlands." "Minutely examines a very large number of old and new references to amber, no less than 198 footnotes supplied (!), to unravel the origin of the name "electron" as applied to amber. He concludes that the name is related to "electorius," a mythical stone supposedly found in the craw of a cock and possessing magical properties [...] much is unearthed in...
Topic: Amber--Folklore
"[T]he last part...discusse​s in detail the lapidary arts with emphasis laid upon the correct proportions of faceted gems if they are to appear at their best; this is one of the earliest places in the literature where correct proportions are recognized as being vital to development of brilliance ... A very rare work."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2143. 
Topics: Precious stones, Gem cutting
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Topic: Radium
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by Backlund, Helge
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(Trudy Geologiceskago Muzeja imeni Petra Velikago Imperatorskoj Akademii Nauk ;[v]t.3, v.3)
Topic: Olivine
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by Doelter y Cisterich, Cornello August, 1850-1930
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Series: Sammlung Vieweg; tagesfragen aus den gebieten der naturwissenscha​ften und der technik, ht. 27 "The first substantial monograph to devote itself to the question of the origin and change in color in gemstones [...] A highly important work, and with others by Doelter, providing a firm basis for modern investigations of causes of color in crystalline materials. Very scarce."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1739.  "First takes up color phenomena in...
Topics: Precious stones--Optical properties, Fluorescence
Thesis (Ph.D.)-​-​Rheinischen Friedrich-​Wilhelms-​Universität zu Bonn, 1887.
Topics: Mineralogy, Sphene
Zweite verbesserte und vermehrte auflage. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Topics: Petrology, Geology
Index includes entries for: coral, marble (marmor), etc. Other title: Auszug seiner Natur-Geschichte des Adriatischen Meers
Topics: Natural history--Adriatic Sea, Marine biology--Adriatic Sea, Coral